Paterson Joseph has said that auditioning to play the eleventh Doctor was a “marvellous moment” despite the fact that he lost the part to Matt Smith.
The Peep Show actor told an audience at the Radio Times Festival for his new Sky1 drama You, Me and the Apocalypse that he felt like “part of the Doctor Who story” just by being seen for the part.
“It was very exciting. I was in Botswana at the time. My agent said that the bookies had me as a possible Doctor Who and I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard.”
Before Smith was given the part of the Time Lord in 2010, Joseph was rumoured to be David Tennant’s replacement, with the bookies offering odds of 3-1 on him becoming the first black Doctor.
“I was really pleased that people didn’t go, ‘oh, not him, he’s rubbish’ or ‘he’s black’ or whatever they could have said. It was a marvellous moment. I feel like I’m part of the Doctor Who story.”
But could it still happen? “I don’t know,” Joseph replied. “But I’d vote for Frank Skinner. He’d be my favourite.”
The Radio Times Festival runs from 24th-27th September. For tickets, click here.